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When we buy a whole or half of beef, we inevitably end up with unused cuts of beef. Either because it gets buried in the freezer or I just can’t figure out what to make it with certain cuts. It appeared last freezer cleaning, I had a surplus of cube steaks. Being summer, I decided to give the cube steaks a go on the grill but decided to marinade and skewer the steaks to help make them more tender. This teriyaki beef cube steak skewers might be my new favorite cube steak recipe.
The marinade is a simple to make teriyaki sauce. I almost used a store bought marinade, but then realized I needed to open a can of pineapple juice to make some Malibu sangria anyway. So, from scratch teriyaki sauce got a green light.
The thing with cube steak is the butcher has done a lot to help the round steak be much more tender. You will note there is a direction of the cuts are going. To slice the steak into 1-inch strips, cut the opposite direction of the tenderizing slices. This will guarantee tender steak.
The teriyaki marinade is a sweeter version of teriyaki. Soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple juice, oil, garlic, and onions. Simple to make. Combine and then drench and soak the beef in the teriyaki marinade.
I marinaded the beef for an hour and then began skewering.
I put about four to five strips on each of my 10 inch long steel grilling skewers. The steak strips are not all the same length, but would not fill all the way to the end. Leave room in case the steak moves around as the skewers are flipped. I positioned the onions on the steak as long as possible but did not actually skewer the onions.
Now, grilling them can be a little harder to get the perfect temperature. Even though I am a medium rare lover, these steak skewers were closer to a medium well and still juicy, tender, and flavorful. The kids loved eating them straight off the skewer.
While the kids chugged down their milk, I drank a bottle of 2014 Cabernet from Club W, the wine club I am in with Katie from over in Fancy in the Country. And since the husband doesn’t drink wine, I drank both glasses. Oh cripes, I drank the whole bottle.
- 2 pounds of cube steak or other steak of your choosing cut in 1 inch strips against the grain
- 3/4 cup of soy sauce
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup sliced onions
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- green onions for garnish
- Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, vegetable oil, and garlic together in a large bowl. Stir in onions.
- Place beef slices into the marinade and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Remove beef from the marinade, and thread beef slices in a zig-zag onto the skewers..
- Place skewers on preheated grill until the beef is cooked through, about 3 -5 minutes per side.
- Remove from grill and garnish with sliced green onions.